Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Gorilla Tracking
Today is the big day… Prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare Mountain Gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.
Your driver will pick you up between 6.00 and 6.30 am from the lodge (confirm with reception of the lodge). He will transfer you to the starting point of the gorilla tracking. He will wait for you and bring you back to the lodge when finished. Don’t’ forget to go with your gorilla permit and your passport (original)
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa which can make this claim in fact. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds.
The Gorillas you will track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Your trek will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the Gorillas’ habitat. En-route, your guide will point out signs of previous Gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots.
The time taken to track the Gorillas can take as little as 2 hours to as much as 7 hours before one returns! Once the Gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a Mountain Gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.
Journey time: 1½ hours each way
Meal plan: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner
Day 4: At Mutanda Lake Resort
Today you can Choose from many activities in this wonderful region. You can climb one of the Virunga Mountains, you can visit a Batwa tribe (pygmees), you can make a boat tour on the lake or Canoe and much more.
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 5: Back to Kigali – Arrival in Tanzania
After breakfast – latest by 10 am – you will be transferred back to Kigali (Airport).
Journey time to Kigali Airport: 4 hours
Today you need to fly to Kilimanjaro Airport (Flight not included- we are able to assist with flight booking if required) or you can stay another night in Rwanda In case you wish us to include one more night in Rwanda, please let us know.
Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be greeted by our transfer driver and taken to your hotel close to town.
Journey time Uganda: 5 hours to Kampala / 6 hours to Entebbe
Meal plan: Breakfast, Dinner